We’re all soaking up the sunshine here at the AMPM offices. Glancing out the conference room window, we never get tired of seeing this season’s lush leaves and blue skies.
Michigan gets to show off during these warmer months. While winter can often keep most of us cooped up indoors, Mother Nature beckons us to come out and play during summer.
It’s time to go outside.
Before you tackle your yard to-dos and summer soccer camps, gather your family and friends and take some time to enjoy Mother Nature.
Where should you head to first?
We vote for Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens.
This wooded wonderland is the new home to the nation’s longest canopy walk, which stretches over 1,400 feet long and stands at 40 feet tall. What an amazing addition to this community, thanks in part to The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Memorial Foundation. The Foundation is celebrating its 150th anniversary: a significant milestone full of meaning in Midland. The existence of the Foundation represents more than a century of growth and additions to help make this community a thriving place for modern explorers to land.
We were proud to partner with the Foundation, which gave us the opportunity to play a role in shining a light and sharing creativity with the community through the rebranding of Dow Gardens. We got the chance to be included from the the ground (forest) floor of the Whiting Forest Canopy Walk construction.
Part of this project gave us access to Herbert H. Dow’s personal journals carefully preserved by the Midland Historical Society. The journals date back to the 1900s and cover nearly 30 years of Dow’s passion projects and inner musings.
Here are five fascinating and entertaining finds we stumbled upon after many hours of studying his journals.
We feel honored to have played a part in the Dow Gardens rebranding and helping introduce the canopy walk at Whiting Forest to the world. If you’d like to see Dow’s handwritten and transcribed notes for yourself, as well as other related artifacts, make sure to put Dow Gardens and Whiting Forest on your ”must visit“ list this summer.
You can also read our case study to learn more about our involvement with Dow Gardens and Whiting Forest.